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The Best Metal of 2011
25 Dec 2011 // 4:00 PM

PopMatters’ staff of metal experts present their top picks from a year that offered a standout work of Christian “progressive death metalcore”, a philosophical treatise on “Transcendent Black Metal”, and one amazing debut.


The Best Metal Albums of 2009
10 Dec 2009 // 4:00 PM

It seems every year I say it, but this year it's truer than ever: this was one hell of a year for metal. If you think the Mastodon record is good (which it is) just wait 'til you hear this list’s top three.


Liturgy: The Ark Work
26 Mar 2015 // 9:06 PM

Religious music, black metal, electronic, and 8-bit all come together in this bizarre yet ultimately captivating philosophical tome from Liturgy.

Liturgy: Aesthethica
12 May 2011 // 5:00 PM

Rooted in extreme metal but completely unclassifiable, the Brooklyn band's second album ranks as one of the most exciting, not to mention polarizing records of the year so far.


Blood and Thunder: Turning Ashes to Gold
26 Mar 2015 // 4:00 AM

This week's best metal release finds some musical innovators from Brooklyn up to their philosophical shenanigans once again.

Liturgy Frontman Deconstructs Shellac's "Prayers to God" (video)
29 Aug 2012 // 12:00 AM

Who knew Shellac was perfect for high school a cappella groups?

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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